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USA edge Scotland in dramatic first ever victory over a tier one nation

If you check all past test matches between countries, I'm pretty sure you won't find an asterisk with: "but the losing team picked a weakened side so it doesn't really count". These are test matches and if teams want to build off progression, they need to win them. As you've just said, picking the right team for the occasion is part of the game. Fast team for a fast game, slow team for a dogged game at the bare bones minimum, but whatever happens, you need the win.

I'm sure USA will relish the win, but I reckon they may have felt somewhat disrespected if there were 1st string players available that weren't picked. That probably made their victory even sweeter.

The only thing left for Scotland to do is pick their best side and really take it to Argentina, but it won't help them safe face against USA.

1 Month, 26 Minutes ago

HIGHLIGHTS: South Africa seal series with second Test win against England

I think fatigue and *altitude* may have caused England problems, but attitude is also another big issue at the moment. I didn't see more than a few minutes at the end of the match and then the post match stuff, but Ben Youngs was "uncharacteristically rude" (to be honest I didn't find him rude, just rather offhand) - I don't know Youngs, or his character, but if those that know him say it was unlike him, then it suggests an attitude issue either with himself, or within the squad/camp - either the losses are getting to them, or their attitude is contributing to the losses - or both.

I hear after the match Marler and Farrell were involved in some exchanges with A fan, or some fans (?) again, is that their attitude contributing to the loss, or the loss contributing to their attitude - either way, not good to be having a spat with the fans - regardless of how obnoxious the fan(s) possibly was.

It seems to me that England really turned things around after their world cup, but almost because of the wins that followed on from that tournament being such a contrast, they seemed to adopt an "unbeatable attitude". Before the 6N there was talk of how it was all going to come down to that final game against Ireland.. maybe it was just the media, but come on, there are 4 other world class teams waiting to take the England scalp before the Irish got their turn. Italy perhaps the least likely but they still need to be beaten!

I think Eddie Jones probably needs to stick around - he might be the best guy to tweak what he's already done.

Actually, on the anti media front, I saw the interview with Eddie Jones afterwards and it got me thinking those were very stabby sorts of questions... he handled them very well!

1 Month, 37 Minutes ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

I think you're giving far too much credit. At this rate the sport will either be found in the form of non contact air touch, where to tackle you just shout touch.

Or it'll be banned and found underground as some sort of mad Max blood sport with the inclusion of weaponry...

Something along the lines of "first rule of rugby club is don't talk about rugby club"

1 Month, 3 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

Oh thanks for the association clause.

The difference between those old rugby heads and myself is that I recognise when a decision is moronic or not.

To create a law that can be interpreted in that manner is moronic.
To fault a referee for applying the law in that manner is moronic.
To then create a reason why that referee is wrong and 'make everything ok and fine again' by rescinding the card is moronic.

Who exactly has been benefitted here? The player? Well, his record is cleaner I guess.. France? No. NZ? No. You, me, any other players who could potentially be in this same position? No.

1 Month, 3 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

Yup, as much as we disagree on the whether the law was right or wrong, we both agreed that with the laws today it was a red card.

....and we were both wrong...

1 Month, 5 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

Incredible isn't it? However this just goes to follow the narrative that piss off so many people. Perhaps world rugby listened to the disappointed views of Hansen, NZ media, French, rest of the world and thought "ah! I totally know the perfect answer to make everyone happy, we'll rescind the card and it'll be the end of it"..

*Rolling eyes*

This is more likely to piss the French off than anything else..

1 Month, 5 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

I was one that begrudgingly stated it was a red card (according the the laws) are you surprised it's been cancelled?? I'm extremely surprised? Especially when you look at previous red cards for similar things:
https://youtu.be/JgNPQZEBisM

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1 Month, 6 Hours ago

USA edge Scotland in dramatic first ever victory over a tier one nation

I don't completely disagree, but Blair Kinghorn, Dougie Fife (names picked out of the article) whilst not necessarily 1st pick, are far from.an U20 experimental bunch, these are actual test match full capped players... Again, might not be the best for the position, but then chalk it up to Scotland's own damn fault for potentially not taking the test seriously.

NZ have in the past fielded teams that are not their 1st picks or full strength, but they make damn sure they are going to win the match, and they answer some very harsh questions if they fall short.

I love seeing Scotland do well after so many years of "nearly there", but the congratulations go to USA for this one! No doubt this will boost the interest in the sport and the confidence levels for these guys.

1 Month, 6 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

Of course it would, but the French contingent have a knack of over reaction. Last week laws were applied both badly and not at all. French card was no card, second incident involving Grosso, in this day and age could have (and I know the French would argue should have) possibly resulted in 2 reds. In days gone by, Came possibly a red for forearm to the jaw, Tu'Ungafasi possibly yellow, possibly nothing, he looked not at fault.

This week, the laws were applied correctly, it's just a shitty law when it comes to accidental collisions, or no malice, no recklessness collisions...

But whatever your views, or whether you're French or not, it's hard to deny that given the history of "this" sort of incident, that a red card is anything less than a pretty sure outcome

1 Month, 7 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

The guy has a head injury, no wonder he's talking nonsense.

1 Month, 7 Hours ago